Emotional at work

Looking at the future of work, I am convinced that those who can nail the emotional intelligence and belonging aspect of work in a working-from-home environment will be onto something truly amazing. Why? Because no matter how much I think about it, I still can’t see anything other than the current fascination with working-from-home as…

Remember the important ones

Today is the 8 year birthday of my oldest daughter, Laura. Aside from celebrating her it is a good occasion for me as her dad to remember something that I think is absolutely vital: No matter how much and how hard you work on building and succeeding with your startup, and no matter how things…

Towards infinity

There are a lot of things that aren’t exactly rocket science. But space-analogies are nonetheless still pretty powerful in terms of exemplifying things and efforts that may seem out of this world. Back when I was a kid, my biggest dream was to one day to get the opportunity to launch a Saturn V-rocket. You…

The ‘why’ on paper

One of the really interesting things you come across when you’re trying to build what hopefully becomes a great and enduring company from scratch is how much of your initial belief system, values and ambition actually makes it through the immense exercise of making it all happen? While it should be pretty straight forward to…

Igniting change

When you try to affect change and solve a problem in a new way, you need them to be ready to give up how they have done things in the past. Or get them interested in forming a new habit. For some things it’s easier than with others. If you’re just presenting a more efficient…

The tough bet on ‘less’

It is not uncommon to see new products launch with a lot of features. Too many features, perhaps. The rationale is fully understandable; there is an urge to get a ‘finished’ product out, and you quickly form your own opinions about what that means in terms of feature set. The underlying rationale behind it is…

Startup learning from ‘P.S. I Love You’

The Danish Heart Foundation just announced that they are closing down their youth-oriented dialogue website ‘P.S. I Love You’ a mere 3 months after launching it in May. ‘P.S. I Love You’ have been surrounded by a lot of controversy focusing on working with alternative, holistic thinking partners at odds with the foundations of the…

A necessary read

While working to create a MedTech startup either from scratch or later trying to get the product to market, John Carreyrou’s book “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” about the Theranos scandal should be absolutely required reading. The story about Theranos is well documentet by now: Only the lies were bigger…

You’re (likely) not a pro

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a new pair of shoes. I don’t do that often – it’s kind of one yearly event – and I settled on a pair of ‘Nike By You‘ customized shoes. Not because I wanted to but because they were actually cheaper than some of the other models, I…

Always create value

One of the hardest things when building new products and services is to deliver real value to your customers. I know, it sounds stupid. But it’s true. And there are two reasons for it: First of all, you’re not the judge of what brings value to your customers. They are. That’s a frightening prospect, because…

Your ego is (literally) killing you

Alex Danco wrote a stellar blog post a couple of weeks ago about the Freud moment of the Covid-19 pandemic seen from an American perspective. In it he argues that the reason why the US is struggling so much with the pandemic is because doing all the right things to stem it has been positioned…

Control the effort

The world is such a complex place with a gazillion moving parts that you cannot ever claim that you have got things under control. Because how things turn out will per definition be outside of your control and sometimes for the most odd reasons. This makes your job as the one who has to get…

Falling in love

One of the things I have learned when working to build a startup team is that if you run a recruitment process trying to find the right co-founders, there is a huge risk you will eventually get to talk to people basically looking for a job. Like in a normal recruitment process? Duuh! Saying this…

5 learnings from HelloFresh

Recently I made a commitment to try different products and services out in order to try and get a better understanding of what it is the best consumer-focused digital companies do that make them so successful. My starting point was HelloFresh which just recently launched in Denmark. Monday I got my first shipment from HelloFresh;…

Lies are free

Nathan Robinson from ‘Current Affairs’ has an excellent opinion piece out, where he argues that the big problem with paywalls is that while you’re keeping quality knowledge and information behind bars, fake news remains in the open and free. Wow! Think about it for a second; as traditional publishers of information, content and news are…

Destroy the problem

During the summer I have become involved in a couple of product management communities in order to built network and get insights and inspiration for tools and methods that we can use in our new MedTech startup. Sifting through a couple of discussions in the forums, I came across a discussion on attitudes towards building…

The HelloFresh test

One of the basic common rules for startups is that if what you’re working on is worth doing, you’re bound to have competition (unless you’re operating in one of those rare spaces, where you have spotted something before anyone else, of course). With so many services – especially in the consumer space – feeling more…

The WFH degree

Today Danish applicants for higher education get a letter saying whether they got into the education and institution of their dreams. Or not. I don’t envy them. Back when I studied at the Danish School of Journalism it was good times. No need for a grade point average; a grueling Saturday test decided who got…

The WFH problem

The other day at work we were discussing a whole range of potential themes to dig more into, as the fall approaches, and we’re taking on exploring new, interesting ideas. One of the themes, we of course quickly came to discuss is “Work From Home” (WFH) as a general trend. I don’t think I need…

Go for subscription, Twitter

Twitter is reportedly exploring adding a subscription model to their offering. Good for them! However, they should go full throttle and turn Twitter into a full blown subscription product with no free tier. Why? First of all, my bet is that there is a great willingness to pay from those who see Twitter as a…

A healthy reminder

The storm hitting The Danish Heart Foundation after their new youth campaign ‘PS I Love You’ was criticized for endorsing – to put it mildly – un-scientific approaches towards a healthier life style for young people holds a crucial reminder for every entrepreneur operating in or trying to do something in the health-space: Dealing with…

New life to dead markets

Dead Sea Markets. A fascinating term. A term that suggests a market that has pretty much killed every entity in it (due to various reasons) but could still serve as a fertile ground for new entries and perhaps entire ecosystems. Why is it so fascinating? Because it essentially provides a ‘firehose’ option. An option where…

Models (kind of) suck

Once upon a time I loved models. I even spent a significant chunk of my own savings getting to know them better in fancy locations around the world. Models? Work related models, of course. The kind of models you would use for modelling concepts, businesses and such. What did you think? Never mind. The point…

Insight is value

People inside and outside the media industry are starting to take notice of the value of quality content; content that people are actually willing to pay for. Hooray! Better late than never, I guess. And yes, this goes out to you late bloomers in the media industry, who are finally getting around to the idea…

Launching “A Helping Hand?”

Today, inQvation and a bunch of other leading Danish VC’s are launching the initiative “A Helping Hand” aimed at helping the Danish startup ecosystem through the consequences of Covid-19. The idea is as simple as its brilliant: Apply and receive 30 minutes of free advice from industry VC experts on how you make sure that…

TikTok and a lot of…nothing

What does a Trump rally, TikTok users and startup tactics have in common? They are here and now – and there’s not necessarily a grand plan for how to move on from here. When I saw that apparently a viral TikTok prank of securing tickets for Trumps rally in Tulsa and then (of course) not…

Come on, lean in!

Yesterday I went for a summer get-together in my VL network group. Over a super nice summer meal, the discussion was flowing and we got talking about some of the things that you don’t normally find yourself talking about. One of the discussions I was a part of was a discussion about what defines the…

Willingness to pay…for what?

A new study from the Reuters Institute at Oxford University has found that there seems to be a co-relation between users with media subscriptions like Netflix and Spotify and the willingness to pay for online news. Naturally, legacy media executives are already starting to misinterpret the findings to fit into their own worldview. A willingness…

Media should take some cues from MedTech

The other day I was asked by Lars K. Jensen to contribute 3 tips on digital development as it relates to media to his weekly newsletter, ‘Digital Ugerevy’. Naturally, I obliged and delivered as I try to do every time a good friend of mine asks for a piece of advice or some input. And…

Better is better than cheaper

It is always interesting reading the newsletter of Benedict Evans, former Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Especially his essays. One of the latest, ‘News by the ton’, about the challenges of legacy media has an enlightened graph based on Google Trends that shows that over time, internet searches has moved from looking for ‘cheaper’ towards increasingly…